Newcastle Reported Interested In French International Defender

News today from France and Spain  that Newcastle are still interested in 24 year-old Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho, but it could be that the 24 year-old is on his way to Spanish side Valencia, and the Magpies may miss out on the French International – always assuming Newcastle were interested in him in the first place.

Aly Cissokho – 24 year-old Lyon left-back capped once by France

Cissokho, 24, has spent three seasons at Lyon after his move from Porto, which cost the French club a massive €15M (about £12M) and he has been itching for a move for well over a year now.

Newcastle were interested in signing the player last summer as a replacement for Jose Enrique, but Newcastle could not agree a suitable fee with Lyon – where have you heard that one before? 😀

Spanish newspaper Superdeporte are reporting that Lyon want €9M (£7.2M) for the defender, and if that’s true Newcastle wouldn’t pay that for the French player, who is of Senegalese descent.

Bernard Lacombe is an advisor to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas,and he had this to say, and says Newcastle are interested:

“His case is in progress but Newcastle and Napoli are eyeing him too. There is a high probability Aly will leave the club. If he does, we could sign Fabian Monzon, from Nice, to replace him.”

The French daily L’Equipe are reporting that Valencia are ready to pay €7M for Cissokho (£5.6M), but we still think that’s more than Newcastle would be willing to pay for the Frenchman.

And of course we don’t know whether what Lacombe says is accurate, and it may simply be a ruse to get a higher bid out of Valencia.

Newcastle could be interested in signing Cissokho, but a good deal for Newcastle would probably only be at around £4M.

Cissokho has played 131 times with two goals for Lyon over the last three seasons and is a decent enough player.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Kets is gonna cream his pants

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    9m Euros? dream on

  • Ollieh51

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Anybody else think Cissokho would be a better shout than Pieters?

    Quicker, stronger, dedicated LB I know and not a CB but then with Perch, Willo, Saylor and Collo we should be fine?

    As we’ve seen now, if everyone else is crocked, Perch and Willo can do a job and SanToon will be fine at RB if Simo does get sold?

    NOT at €9m though!

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Valencia had a bid rejected the other day not to sure what the bid was mind

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Valencia had 4.5M Bid rejected

  • Ollieh51

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    @Magpie from lithuania – £4.5m?

    Ha! Sounds like us!

  • John Tudor

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    £ or euros

  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    @benarfa, 9million euros sounds a lot but 7.2 million pounds for a french international full back dosent sound bad at all

  • Toon73

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    We should go in with a £6 mil bid and be done with it.

    Can he cover CB?

  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I think he’s all lb to be honest,

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    I would take a proper left back ahead of Santon. I’ve never been a fan of putting right footed players at left back. It never helps tackling, and results in the player coming infield too often when going forward. Santon has qualities, but one-on-one defending against fast wingers in not one of them ( at the moment anyway, and since he has arrived ) and he is lucky to have players like Spiderman to help him out.

  • RossNUFC

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    We should offer £6m, on a six year deal? He’s well worth it. Santon at RB and sell simmo for £3m. So he’ll only really cost us £3m.

  • dmac

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    We have been linked with cissoko for over a year now. It wont happen.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Probably true DMac


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